Meet Our Team
Our management team at Padden Design Engineering is committed to providing our customers with a high level of service, rapid response to customer needs and leadership of our staff of high skilled engineers.
Vincent T. Padden, President & CEO
Vincent brings over 35 years of engineering experience and leadership, and serves as the Chief Engineer for programs at Padden Design Engineering. Vincent has held positions as the director and chief engineer at Northrop Grumman Commercial Aircraft Division in Stuart, FL and Production Engineering Manager on the E-8C JOINT STARS program at the Melbourne, FL plant. Vincent earned a A.A.S. degree from the Academy of Aeronautics, a B.S. degree in Aerodynamics/Mechanical Technology at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and a Grumman Master’s Fellowship, M.S.C.E, at the Polytechnic Institute of NY. Vincent has received several awards from Northrop Grumman on past programs and holds multiple US & foreign patents relating to advanced composite and load transfer technologies.
David V. Padden, Executive VP
Dave brings over 15 years experience in design engineering and oversees operations at Padden Design Engineering. Dave has held project engineering positions on several of the company’s past programs and has prior experience in tool design & fabrication, 5-axis NC programming and VARTM infusion of composites. Dave’s prior employment includes Mfg Engineer at MarkCam, Inc., Stuart, FL, Naval Architect at Willis Marine Inc., Stuart, FL, and 3rd Mate at Maritime Overseas Corp. NY,NY. Dave earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the SUNY Maritime College and served in the Merchant Marines on various oil & product tankers. Dave has certifications and training in computer aided design and analysis, lean manufacturing, non-destructive testing and marine surveying.
Luis D. Trupia, M&P Manager
Lu brings over 35 years experience in material and process engineering and serves as a Senior M&P Engineer responsible for material and process specifications and standards for programs at Padden Design Engineering. Lu has held several leadership roles including Material and Process Engineering Manager for Northrop Grumman Commercial Aircraft Division in Stuart, FL on the Boeing 747, 767, 777, and Gulfstream nacelle programs and at previously at Grumman Corp. in Bethpage, NY on many past Grumman aircraft programs. Lu earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Adelphi University, NY, taught several courses and seminars at Grumman and has received multiple awards for work on the 767 and C-2A programs.
Tracey E. Polansky, Accounts Manager
Tracey brings over 15 years experience in accounting and manages all accounting operations at Padden Design Engineering. Tracey’s responsibilities also include proposal preparation and business management. Tracey’s experience includes Controller at Outreach Home Health, Inc. in Ft Lauderdale, FL and previously as Staff Accountant and Manager of Regulatory Administration at MedCom USA, Inc in Boca Raton, FL. Tracey has earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University.
Christopher B. Isomaki, IT Manager
Chris brings over 10 years experience in IT regulatory compliance, network systems administration and programming. He is responsible for the management of our computer network systems and software. Chris earned a BS in Computer Science from Clarkson University, NY.
Victoria A. McLaughlin, Quality & CDM Manager
Vicky brings over 25 years experience in the aerospace industry in engineering, quality and configuration data management. Previously Vicky worked at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in West Palm Beach, FL as a Quality Senior Configuration Management Analyst on RL10 Programs and Hypersonics Programs. Vicky’s prior experience includes project engineering roles, quality ACE pilot and Six Sigma training. Vicky has earned a degree in BA Business Management from Saint Leo University, FL, NGS Green Belt Six Sigma, and is a Continuous Improvement Associate.